Tom Hooper

Nominated for directing "The King's Speech." The 38-year-old Englishman, previously known for his lauded work on television movies and miniseries such as "<a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP009189" title="Longford Corporation" href="/topic/business/longford-corporation-ORCRP009189.topic">Longford</a>" and "John Adams," took a specific visual approach to recounting the true-life saga of King George VI's struggles to overcome a debilitating stutter: "I felt the language of the close-up is needed for stammering, because you see what's going on in the eyes."
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Nominated for directing "The King's Speech." The 38-year-old Englishman, previously known for his lauded work on television movies and miniseries such as "Longford" and "John Adams," took a specific visual approach to recounting the true-life saga of King George VI's struggles to overcome a debilitating stutter: "I felt the language of the close-up is needed for stammering, because you see what's going on in the eyes."

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